A Celebration of Colour

Joanna Hardy, Robert Violette


The ultimate book on this beautiful gemstone, brimming with glorious photographs of the finest sapphire jewels in history

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Joanna Hardy traces the sapphire’s history from antiquity to today in captivating stories told in a succinct exhilarating style. Along the way, she celebrates exquisite jewels worn by many notable figures, including Elizabeth Taylor, Queen Elizabeth II and the Duchess of Windsor, as well as pieces by such iconic jewellery houses as Bulgari, Cartier, Chaumet, Tiffany and Van Cleef & Arpels. The book also features a rich selection of work by 21st-century creators at the vanguard of jewellery design, such as Lauren Adriana, Bina Goenka, Hemmerle, Shaun Leane and Mish. An exclusive insight into six major private collections includes many previously unpublished pieces.

A feast for the senses, Sapphire is a beautiful addition to any gem-lover’s library.

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'The type of coffee table book that you won’t be able to put down from start to finish … lively, informative and fascinating'

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'A mine of information'
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Further Details


Format: Hardback with belly band

Size: 34.5 x 25.2 cm

Extent: 328 pp

Publication date: 7 October 2021

ISBN: 9780500024775

Contents List

1. Early Trade
2. Medicine and Magic
3. Profiles and Portraits
4. Treasure
5. At Court
6. The Jewel Box of the Indian Ocean
7. Hanoverian Blue
8. New Horizons
9. Star Sapphires
10. Jewels of Impact
11. High Society
12. The Art of Collecting
13. Sapphire Discoveries
14. Showstoppers
15. 21st Century
16. The Gemological World of Sapphires

About the Author

Joanna Hardy is an independent gemologist and jewelry specialist, formerly of Debeers and Sothebys. She lectures widely and writes for many international journals, and also features on the popular BBC programme Antiques Roadshow. She is the principal author of Emerald and Ruby, also published by Thames & Hudson. Robert Violette is an artist, editor and publisher based in London.